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Hello,

I have a question.

Here's a topic for an essay. It's a common topic in IELTS-related sources. I need to know if the question is well written. For one thing, the phrase 'by all means' does not fit this text. What do you think? I'd change it to "without exception or in all ways". Correct me if I am wrong, please.


- Some people say that computer games are bad for children by all means; others believe that these games are contributing to children’s development. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

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Mr genuineI need to know if the question is well written.

No. The use of "by all means" is unnatural in the above.

Mr genuineFor one thing, the phrase 'by all means' does not fit this text.

I agree.

Mr genuineI'd change it to "without exception"

That can work, but it needs to go in the right place. For example:

"Some people say that computer games, without exception, are bad ...

Mr genuineor in all ways"

No. That's unnatural.

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Some people say that computer games are bad for children by all means; others believe that these games are contributing to children’s development. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.others believe that these games are contributing to children’s development. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.



Yes, the bold phrase is not a good choice.

Say eg Some people say that computer games are bad for children in every way; others believe that these games are contributing to children’s development. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

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That can work, but it needs to go in the right place. For example:

"Some people say that computer games,without exception, are bad ...

Of course. I just meant to suggest an alternative.

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